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The Tell-Tale Heart Bids

Thump, thump. Oh, what to lead against these heart bids? Thump, thump… the sound grows louder as you finger one card then another. Thump, thump… the beat becomes deafening as a card finally hits the table. A good lead? Or a nightmare? Find out as you compare your choice with two experts who faced the same situation in real life and led differently. For fun, keep track of your IMPs won and lost. If you’re plus after 10 boards, you live!

Problem 1

IMPs Both Vul

West

Pass
Pass
All Pass
North

1 D
2 NT
East

Pass
Pass
South
Pass
1 H
4 H

S 8 5 4 2
H 10 7
D A 8 2
C J 8 6 5
Table

Against 4 H, what do you lead?









In Real Life

2000 Olympiad Round of 16: Netherlands vs Iceland

Both Vul
S A Q 9
H A K J
D K 10 7 5 4
C 9 7
S 8 5 4 2
H 10 7
D A 8 2
C J 8 6 5
TableS K 10 3
H 6 4
D 9 6 3
C A K 10 3 2
4 H SouthS J 7 6
H Q 9 8 5 3 2
D Q J
C Q 4

de Boer of Netherlands led the S 4 (down 1 +100) +13 IMPs.
Other winning leads: S 8-5-2 +13 IMPs.

Thorvaldsson of Iceland led the C 6 (made 5 -650) -13 IMPs.
Other losing leads: H 10-7 D A-8-2 C J-8-5 -13 IMPs.

To keep score, find the IMP result of your lead and keep a running total. If your lead is unlisted, it is mediocre (worse than the winners but better than the losers) so take a push (0 IMPs). Goal is to finish plus.

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Problem 2

IMPs E-W Vul

West

Pass
North

Pass
East

Pass
South
4 H

S 7 6 5
H Q J 5
D 10 5 4
C 7 6 4 3
Table

Against 4 H, what do you lead?









In Real Life

2000 Olympiad Qualifying: Belgium vs Poland

E-W Vul
S K Q 9 8 3 2
H 6
D J 9 6
C A Q 10
S 7 6 5
H Q J 5
D 10 5 4
C 7 6 4 3
TableS A J 4
H 8 3
D A K 8
C J 9 8 5 2
4 H SouthS 10
H A K 10 9 7 4 2
D Q 7 3 2
C K

Pszczola of Poland led the S 6 (down 1 +50) +10 IMPs.
Other winning leads: S 7-5 D 10-5-4 +10 IMPs.

Coenraets of Belgium led the C 6 (made 4 -420) -10 IMPs.
Other losing leads: H Q-J-5 C 7-4-3 -10 IMPs.

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Problem 3

IMPs E-W Vul

West

Pass
All Pass
North

3 H
East

Dbl
South
1 H
4 H

S 8 7 6
H 5 2
D K Q 8 7 3
C Q 7 6
Table

Against 4 H, what do you lead?









In Real Life

2002 Rosenblum Quarterfinal: Kowalski vs Lavazza

E-W Vul
S 9 5 3
H J 8 7 3
D J 9 5 4
C J 2
S 8 7 6
H 5 2
D K Q 8 7 3
C Q 7 6
TableS K Q J 2
H 9 6
D 10 6
C A K 10 9 3
4 H SouthS A 10 4
H A K Q 10 4
D A 2
C 8 5 4

Kowalski of Kowalski led the S 7 (down 2 +100) +2 IMPs.
Other winning leads: S 8-6 H 5-2 C Q-7-6 +2 IMPs.

Duboin of Lavazza led the D Q (down 1 +50) -2 IMPs.
Other losing leads: D K-8-7-3 -2 IMPs.

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Problem 4

IMPs N-S Vul

West

2 D
North

2 H
East
1 D
All Pass
South
1 H

S A 9 6
H 9 8 7 2
D J 3 2
C A 8 6
Table

Against 2 H, what do you lead?









In Real Life

2006 Vanderbilt Final: Chang vs Welland

N-S Vul
S K 4 3
H K 5 3
D K 9 6 5
C Q 9 4
S A 9 6
H 9 8 7 2
D J 3 2
C A 8 6
TableS J 8 5 2
H Q
D A Q 10 7 4
C K 3 2
2 H SouthS Q 10 7
H A J 10 6 4
D 8
C J 10 7 5

Hallberg of Chang led the D J (down 1 +100) +5 IMPs.
Other winning leads: S A D 3-2 +5 IMPs.

Zmudzinski of Welland led the H 2 (made 2 -110) -5 IMPs.
Other losing leads: S 9-6 H 9-8-7 C A-8-6 -5 IMPs.

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Problem 5

IMPs E-W Vul

West

Pass
Pass
North

1 NT
4 H
East
Pass
Pass
All Pass
South
1 H
2 H

S J 5 4
H K 3
D J 6 5 3
C K 10 8 5
Table

Against 4 H, what do you lead?









In Real Life

2006 USBC Round of 16: Meltzer vs Welland

E-W Vul
S A 10 8
H 7 5 2
D A 10 2
C Q J 9 6
S J 5 4
H K 3
D J 6 5 3
C K 10 8 5
TableS K 9 7 6 3
H 10 6
D Q 8 7
C A 4 2
4 H SouthS Q 2
H A Q J 9 8 4
D K 9 4
C 7 3

Krekorian of Welland led the S 4 (down 1 +50) +10 IMPs.
Other winning leads: S J-5 D J-6-5-3 C K +10 IMPs.

Feldman of Meltzer led the C 8 (made 4 -420) -10 IMPs.
Other losing leads: H K-3 C 10-5 -10 IMPs.

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Problem 6

IMPs Both Vul

West

Pass
Pass
North

2 D
4 H
East

Pass
All Pass
South
1 NT
2 H

S 9 8 6 4 3
H 6 3
D J 7 4 3
C A 6
Table

Against 4 H, what do you lead?









In Real Life

2006 USBC Round of 32: Fout vs Onstott

Both Vul
S A Q J
H A J 10 9 8 4
D 10 5
C 9 8
S 9 8 6 4 3
H 6 3
D J 7 4 3
C A 6
TableS 7 5
H 7 5 2
D K 6 2
C K Q 5 4 2
4 H SouthS K 10 2
H K Q
D A Q 9 8
C J 10 7 3

Ehlers of Fout led the C A (made 4 -620) +2 IMPs.
Other winning leads: S 9-8-6-4-3 H 6-3 C 6 +2 IMPs.

S.Cohen of Onstott led the D 4 (made 6 -680) -2 IMPs.
Other losing leads: D J-7-3 -2 IMPs.

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Problem 7

IMPs N-S Vul

West

Pass
All Pass
North

3 D
East
Pass
Pass
South
2 NT
3 H

S J 5 4
H K Q 10
D J 7 3
C K J 10 8
Table

Against 3 H, what do you lead?









In Real Life

2006 World Championship Round of 32: Mahaffey vs Orange

N-S Vul
S Q 8 3
H J 6 4 3 2
D 9 8
C 5 3 2
S J 5 4
H K Q 10
D J 7 3
C K J 10 8
TableS 10 9 7
H 8 5
D A 10 6 4 2
C Q 9 6
3 H SouthS A K 6 2
H A 9 7
D K Q 5
C A 7 4

Lair of Mahaffey led the C J (down 1 +100) +6 IMPs.
Other winning leads: C K-10-8 +6 IMPs.

Brink of Orange led the S 4 (made 3 -140) -6 IMPs.
Other losing leads: S J-5 H K-Q-10 D J-7-3 -6 IMPs.

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Problem 8

IMPs Both Vul

West

Pass
Pass
All Pass
North

1 S
3 H
East

Pass
Pass
South
1 H
2 C
4 H

S Q J 10 9
H K 10
D K 8 6 3
C 10 7 6
Table

Against 4 H, what do you lead?









In Real Life

2006 World Championship Round of 32: Mahaffey vs Orange

Both Vul
S A 7 5 4 3 2
H 9 6 2
D Q J 5
C K
S Q J 10 9
H K 10
D K 8 6 3
C 10 7 6
TableS K 8
H J 7 4
D 9 7 4
C A 9 5 3 2
4 H SouthS 6
H A Q 8 5 3
D A 10 2
C Q J 8 4

Brink of Orange led the S Q (down 1 +100) +12 IMPs.
Other winning leads: S J-10-9 H K-10 C 10-7-6 +12 IMPs.

Lair of Mahaffey led the D 6 (made 4 -620) -12 IMPs.
Other losing leads: D K-8-3 -12 IMPs.

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Problem 9

IMPs Both Vul

West

Pass
North

Pass
East
Pass
Pass
South
2 H

S K J 10 8
H 9 8 2
D 4 2
C A Q J 9
Table

Against 2 H, what do you lead?









In Real Life

2008 USBC Semifinal: Strul vs Jacobs

Both Vul
S A 9 7 4
H 6
D A Q J 9
C K 5 3 2
S K J 10 8
H 9 8 2
D 4 2
C A Q J 9
TableS Q 2
H A 7 3
D K 8 7 6
C 10 8 7 6
2 H SouthS 6 5 3
H K Q J 10 5 4
D 10 5 3
C 4

Stansby of Strul led the D 4 (made 2 -110) +2 IMPs.
Other winning leads: S K-J-10-8 H 9-8-2 D 2 C A +2 IMPs.

Katz of Jacobs led the C Q (made 4 -170) -2 IMPs.
Other losing leads: C J-9 -2 IMPs.

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Problem 10

IMPs None Vul

West

Pass
All Pass
North
Pass
2 H
East
Pass
Pass
South
1 H
4 H

S A 8 7 5
H 10 9 4 2
D K 3
C A 4 2
Table

Against 4 H, what do you lead?









In Real Life

2009 Spingold Quarterfinal: Meltzer vs Schermer

None Vul
S 9 3
H A 6 3
D 8 4
C Q J 10 7 6 5
S A 8 7 5
H 10 9 4 2
D K 3
C A 4 2
TableS Q 6 4 2
H 5
D Q 10 6 2
C K 9 8 3
4 H SouthS K J 10
H K Q J 8 7
D A J 9 7 5
C

Berkowitz of Meltzer led the H 4 (down 2 +100) +11 IMPs.
Other winning leads: H 10-9-2 D K C A-4-2 +11 IMPs.

Morgan of Schermer led the S A (made 5 -450) -11 IMPs.
Other losing leads: S 8-7-5 D 3 -11 IMPs.

Winning leads are determined from the actual deal and are not necessarily correct in theory or the long run. To qualify as an “other winning lead” it must fare at least as well as the actual winning lead if both are judged on a double-dummy basis. Similarly, “other losing leads” fare at least as badly as the actual losing lead. Results and IMP scores are from actual play, not double-dummy.

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Credits to Edgar Allan Poe (pictured) 1809-49 and The Tell-Tale Heart.
© 2009 Richard Pavlicek